Benefits of FASTag
December 16, 2019
Nowadays, road infrastructure has seen a significant improvement and driving between cities has become much more convenient and enjoyable. Good, clean roads and wide lanes have made long drives much less tiring. However, one aspect that needed to be improved while driving on a highway was the cumbersome and time-consuming task of paying toll charges at toll plazas. These problems are set to go away soon with the introduction of FASTag, a new, electronic method of toll collection that will be completely automated. Read on to find out more about the benefits of FASTag.
Benefits of FASTag
Toll payments are quick and easy
FASTag uses Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology wherein a tag is installed on the windscreen of your car that can be scanned. Once you pass the toll booth, this tag will be scanned and the toll amount will be automatically deducted from a linked account. Your registered mobile number will immediately get an SMS notification informing you of the deduction.
Thus, a process which previously required stopping your vehicle and worrying about the exact change for toll payments is now more streamlined and takes much less time.
Almost no stopping of vehicles at toll plaza
Since there is no cash transaction required if your vehicle is equipped with FASTag, you will never need to come to a complete stop when passing a toll booth. This will lead to quicker passing of more and more vehicles through the toll plaza while also saving fuel which usually is wasted due to the constant stopping and starting of vehicles at toll plazas.
FASTag can be recharged online
One of the best advantages of FASTag is that it can easily be recharged online using Credit Cards, Debit Cards and NEFT or RTGS internet transfer. In a growing cashless economy, this digitisation of toll payments is highly beneficial since you do not need to carry cash when travelling.
A FASTag account is valid for 5 years, after which the customer will need to renew his or her account. Thus, a long validity of 5 years makes FASTag a very convenient payment option.
Online portal for customers
FASTag also provides an online portal for customers so that they can view their previous payments and generate statements. This is especially helpful if employees want to claim toll charges from their employers for business related travel.
Better for environment
FASTag, like any initiative that avoids the use of paper, is very friendly for the environment. Absence of paper receipts will save paper which is better for our environment.
Thus, the FASTag system of toll payments is very useful and convenient. Due to all these FASTag benefits, the government has decided to make it mandatory for all vehicles to use FASTag to pay tolls after December 01, 2019. Many toll plazas have now been upgraded to handle FASTag payments and soon enough, all of them will have most of their lanes equipped with FASTag scanners.
Apply for FASTag, here.
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